Heritage Ohio has presented the “Main Street Manager of the Year” award to Frances Jo Hamilton of Main Street Delaware.
The award was accepted by Hamilton on Tuesday at Heritage Ohio’s annual Revitalization and Preservation Awards ceremony in Columbus. The ceremony is held in conjunction with Heritage Ohio’s statewide conference.
Hamilton has a background in art, education, ministry, lighting design and drafting. She is a Delaware native and began her career with Main Street Delaware Inc. as a volunteer.
Hamilton spent nearly seven years volunteering for Main Street Delaware as a tour guide, committee member, committee chair and board member before being offered the position of executive director in 2007.
During her time as executive director, Main Street Delaware has consistently achieved national accreditation from the Nation Trust for Historic Preservation and has received statewide recognition for its successful program.
Aside from her position at Main Street Delaware, Hamilton also is concerned about prisoner re-entry and has founded her own nonprofit organization, ReStart – a work release advocacy program – in Delaware County to assist female offenders in their re-entry into the work force following incarceration.
Hamilton also serves on the board for the Ecumenical Youth Group, the Delaware Arts Festival, the Delaware County Community Market and the Ecumenical Youth Council, and is an active community volunteer.
Heritage Ohio is a statewide, not-for-profit preservation organization, dedicated to encouraging and assisting people and organizations to protect, preserve and revitalize Ohio’s heritage.
Heritage Ohio encourages the development, redevelopment and improvement of downtown and neighborhood commercial districts.
Information for this story was provided by Ohio Wesleyan University.